As TN sees more crimes against women & kids, govt proposes stricter punishment

Young girls continue to be victims of inappropriate behaviour and sexual abuse from their family members and data shows that Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act cases top the statistics among grave crime against women and children.

According to the State Crime Records Bureau, 2,358 Pocso cases were registered in 2019, followed by molestation of women (803), cruelty by husbands and relatives (781), kidnapping and abduction (699) and rape (362).

Cases booked under Pocso, molestation, cruelty by husband and his relatives, kidnapping and abduction together constitute 78.2% and rape accounted for 6.1% of the crime against women.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu government has decided to send a proposal to the Centre to amend various sections of the Indian Penal Code to increase jail terms in cases of crimes against women and girls, Chief Minister Edapppadi K. Palaniswami said on Wednesday.

Minimum jail term for deaths due to dowry harassment will be increased by three years to 10 years under Section 304-B of IPC. Minimum jail term for disrobing women will be increased to five years from three years under Section 354-B of IPC and the maximum prison term would be increased to 10 years from the current seven years, the chief minister said.

Under Section 354-D, the prison term for second-time offenders for stalking women with criminal intention will be increased by two years to seven years.